Royole FlexPai to launch world’s first foldable smartphone

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  • Samsung or Huawei would be the first company to launch a folding smartphone.
  • Royole Corporation has unveiled the world’s first foldable smartphone.
  • The product was launched in China(Beijing) on Thursday in flash sale.

Wednesday at a conference in Beijing, the FlexaPai mobile phone made available to consumers in a flash sale on Thursday. Priced from 8,999 to 12,999 yuan ($1,295.49 to $1,871.33), the company said it would start delivering the phones in December.

During the press conference, Bill Liu, founder, and CEO of Royole, also announced that the firm would invest 200 million yuan into global firms that would develop apps and software for the device.California-based start-up Royole has beaten major players Huawei and Samsung in launching what it claims is the world’s first foldable smartphone.

Royole FlexPai brings a 7.8-inch (1920×1440) display which can reduce to 4 inches after folding the display. As this is a rough design, the final product may look pretty different. Another big highlight is that the FlexPai runs on a 7nm octa-core Qualcomm chipset clocked at 2.8GHz, which can only mean the yet-to-be-announced Snapdragon 855/ Snapdragon 8150 flagship processor. This makes the FlexPai the first device to run Qualcomm’s next-gen mobile chipset. It also runs Android 9 Pie with a custom Water OS 1.0 skin on top.

As per some reports, the FlexPai comes in three configurations – 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 256GB and 8GB + 512GB. It also brings a dual camera setup on the back with a 16MP wide-angle lens and a 20MP telephoto lens. The company also claims the device comes with a fast charging technology called Ro Charge that will charge it from zero to 80 per cent in one hour. It houses a 3,800mAh battery capacity and USB Type-C support.

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